The story of Nava mohini manjari as told by Karunakaravalli doll
On the seventeenthth day Bhoja raja after his morning duties again started climbing on to the throne of Vikramadhithya. He was stopped on the seventeenth step by Karunakaravalli doll. It told him that he does not have great qualities of the king Vikramadhithya and is not fit to occupy the throne. Then king Bhoja asked that doll, “Doll please tell me about the greatness of Vikramadhithya. The doll started telling the following story:-
During the rule of king Vikramadhithya one spy who went to Northern part of India reported as follows:-
“A king called Soma prathapa rules over a town called Makarapuri. He does lot of charities and social service daily. Then he rides on his own elephant and gets down in his palace. As soon as he lands there several girls who are as pretty as divine maidens go round him with plates full of coral, pearls, rice etc and empty all those plates in the North eastern part of the city. I just wanted to know why they are doing that. There I saw many ghosts coming and eating all the food placed there and take away all the precious jewels. They climb on a huge Banyan tree which is nearby. I dared not follow them and returned.”
Egged by his curiosity King Vikramadhithya went to Makarapuri. He saw the celebrations conducted around the king, followed those ladies and saw the ghosts eating the food. He boldly climbed the banyan tree and saw a huge palace hanging on the air. He entered the palace and saw a bed room. He took bath in warm water and slept on the cot there. Soon the lady of the house called Nava Mohini manjari came there. She became very angry at some man sleeping on her cot. She then ordered one of her ghosts to remove Vikramadhithya. But Vikramadhithya cut the ghost in to two. Then several ghosts came. Vikramadhithya killed all of them. Then he asked Vetala to lift Nava Mohini Manjari along with her cot to Ujjain. When she woke up she realized that Vikramadhithya was no ordinary man. She then begged his pardon.
At that time a poor man approached Vikrama and told him, “Sir, I am so poor that I am not able to get married. Would you please give her to me?” Vikramadhithya gave the lady as present to him and also gave him sufficient wealth.
The doll then told, “Oh king Bhoja, this is the greatness of Vikramadhithya who occupied this throne. If you think that you are equal to him, then you can definitely go up. Bhoja returned back that day without further climbing